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Dr Roger Knaggs

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How is collaborative care achieved between healthcare professionals and patients when prescribing opioid medicines for chronic non-cancer pain?


Persistent pain and mental health conditions often co-exist. Opioids are commonly prescribed for persistent pain. Good communication between healthcare professionals and people living with persistent pain is essential to improving outcomes for prescribed opioids. One of the risk factors for developing problematic opioid use is co-existing mental health conditions. The project will investigate the challenges that present in consultations where opioid medicines are prescribed and reviewed, and how practitioners overcome them. It will aim to develop resources for healthcare professionals that support the development of a positive therapeutic alliance to improve outcomes for both pain and emotional wellbeing.


Physical Health and Mental Health Multimorbidity


University of Nottingham